Consultation outcome: Inclusion of shale gas production projects in the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) regime

The consultation identified a lack of support for the inclusion of shale gas production in the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) regime. There was no consensus on what including shale gas production in the NSIP regime would look like in practice, or under what circumstances it would be appropriate.

It is our view that, while the UK shale gas industry remains at an early exploratory stage, including the production phase into the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) regime would be premature.

Government has made clear in a separate Written Ministerial Statement that, on the basis of the current scientific evidence, and in the absence of compelling new evidence, it has taken a presumption against issuing any further hydraulic fracturing consents.